1809 James Madison Signed Shipping Passport in 4 Languages (Signature Certified)

1809 James Madison Signed Shipping Passport in 4 Languages (Guaranteed Authentic)

Offered here is a rare shipping passport dated 1809 and signed by both United States President James Madison and Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. This impressive document measures 20 x 16 inches and is printed in 4 languages: English, French, Spanish, and German. It was issued for a ship named Jane guided by Captain Joseph Boyer on its voyage from New York to Lyon carrying cotton, ashes, tobacco, and other goods. 


This document is in overall excellent condition and the creases have been professionally and discretely reinforced by a rare document expert to prevent tearing. It is otherwise guaranteed to be original and authentic. This is a great opportunity to own a 211-year old museum-quality document signed by our nation’s fourth president.


James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751– June 28, 1836)


James Madison, Jr is regarded as the “Father of the Constitution” and was the author of the Bill of Rights. Madison also wrote over a third of the “Federalist Papers,” which was a series of 85 newspaper articles that explained to the public how the proposed Constitution would work. James Madison became the fourth president of the United States. As with Thomas Jefferson, his most significant contributions to American history came before his presidency. Madison served in the first Congress under the new Constitution and was considered to be the expert on the Constitution. As Jefferson’s Secretary of State (1801-1809), Madison supervised the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation’s size. As president, he led the nation into the War of 1812, in response to England’s impressment of American seamen. After successfully standing up to England in this war, Americans felt that their nationhood and honor had been vindicated and a new era of growth, trade and prosperity began. Madison's most distinctive belief as a political theorist was the principle of divided power. He believed that "parchment barriers" were not sufficient to protect the rights of citizens. Power must be divided, both between federal and state governments, and within the federal government to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority. In one of his most famous roles, he drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights". Madison worked closely with President George Washington to organize the new federal government. Breaking with Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in 1791, Madison and Thomas Jefferson organized what they called the Republican Party (later called by historians the Democratic-Republican Party) and engaged in numerous other historically significant endeavors that established the United States of America as the great country it is today.


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This document will be housed in a hard plastic, archival quality, protective sleeve.


Document: 20.5 x 16 inches. Protective sleeve: 24 x 20 inches.  


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